this just hasn't been my week, though. I am trying to stay at peace because naturally I'm being tested in that area, since the fruit this week is, none other than, peace.
but the reason I can have peace and be content during times that don't seem peaceful, when it doesn't even make sense how calm I remain, is hard to explain. this is the only way I can:
and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7.
I can remember a time that I couldn't grasp having peace during trials and life is so much more enjoyable now. we are told not worry and to have peace. meaning, we're sinning if we worry. that's not very peaceful. so I encourage you to strive to find and receive the peace of God. He takes care of the things we think we need to worry about.
some other reminders of graciously given peace:
psalm 34:14 turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
romans 8:6 the mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
psalm 29:11 the Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
john 14:27 peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you and the world gives. Do not let your hands be troubled and do not be afraid. [He has given His peace to us. already. we just have to receive and accept it and do what he says.]
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than look down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. -G.K. Chesterton
listen: Love Came Down
for more peace, and other fruits: